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Perception and representation of space in time of confinement with photographic media

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Placemaking Event


From 16 March 2020 to 20 April 2020




26 April 2020



These works were planned and carried out in the period of confinement, during March and April 2020, within the subject Systems of Representation at the School of Architecture La Salle.


The pedagogic programme was designed to fulfil multiple objectives:

•  to introduce students to some fundamentals of the photographic medium and its relationship to perception and representation of architectural space

•  to reflect on the capacity of photographs to capture a sense of place

•  to perceive and communicate the experience of living in the confinement through photographic media

•  to share some reflections about the confined places with the community through a public blog


The work has been carried out in the online learning environment ARCLASS, created by the research group ARC Engineering and Architecture La Salle.


Students from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa,and from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, have participated in these activities.


Students photographs are published in the blog "A Confined Place" 


A comprehensive summary of the work done is available in this document

Media Productions (Photographs & Videos):


A kindergarten courtyard is now empty and silent when usually it is full of kids playing. It seems a

Posted on December 20, 2020


Empty and covered with vegetation, this neighbouring swimming pool has become a trap where many item

Posted on December 23, 2020


A public space that is normally full of people is now empty and uninhabited. When activity ceases,

Posted on December 23, 2020


A schoolyard has been left empty, alone, with no children playing. We contemplate an abandoned place

Posted on December 23, 2020


I made this cupboard house for my three-year old son because he can’t go to school and has to

Posted on December 23, 2020


We are staying home from the beginning of March. We are under arrest... But the arrest is completely

Posted on December 23, 2020


I took this photo two days before the state of emergency. This restaurant was renovated and was abou

Posted on December 23, 2020


During the quarantine we began to appreciate things that otherwise we would have taken for granted,

Posted on December 23, 2020


The characteristic grid of Barcelona’s Eixample district loses some of its purpose without veh

Posted on December 23, 2020


Lisbon. My apartment is located in an avenue with rush-hour traffic, noise and people passing on the

Posted on December 23, 2020

Balcony drain #1

The arch (in the city) inside home. 

Posted on December 23, 2020


Public space perceived from the inside of home. 

Posted on December 23, 2020


During these days, the table we normally use for large meals or celebrations with friends has become

Posted on December 23, 2020


A curtain, which prevents light from entering the room, announces that it is already daytime.

Posted on December 23, 2020


During this period of pause, we need to reflect on how to recover the harmony between built environm

Posted on December 23, 2020

Meeting point

The most common meeting point, a city’s main square, has no purpose now, at least for its huma

Posted on December 23, 2020


We live in a frightened society that does not know how to react to an unexpected catastrophe. People

Posted on December 23, 2020


In our daily lives we use different spaces for different activities. But in this situation of scarci

Posted on December 23, 2020

8:00 pm

Barcelona on a Friday at 8:00 pm, during the quarantine. Encouraging responsible citizens who stay a

Posted on December 23, 2020


In this work space -my room, where I spend most of my time these days- the window, with that large b

Posted on December 23, 2020

Reclaimed classroom

During the lockdown, education finds a way of continuing through any digital device that coexists wi

Posted on December 23, 2020

Known neighbour

Even in a period of restricted freedom, we are still social animals. In this strange and surreal sta

Posted on December 23, 2020


This was one of the first pictures I took when we started quarantining. It was a photo taken almost

Posted on December 23, 2020


I took a walk on a park close to my house. I needed to breathe. It had been more than a week without

Posted on December 23, 2020


This playground is left unused, as the children can no longer go outside to play. Since the pandemic

Posted on December 23, 2020

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If you would like to have more information, please contact:

Prof. Leandro Madrazo (leandro.madrazo@salle.url.edu)


School of Architecture La Salle, Ramon Llull University, Bardelona; Universidade NOVA de Lisboa,and Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana.